SHEFFIELD, UK, 5 March 2020—The University of Roehampton has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as their new library services platform to improve workflow efficiencies and the user experience.
An advanced, cloud-based library services platform, WMS integrates electronic and print resource management workflows into one interface, helping to provide library users quicker access to electronic materials. Including hundreds of standard reports and the ability to create custom ones, WMS provides data to improve library activities and track key metrics used in the decision-making process.
"WMS gives us the power to deliver a digital library experience to match our award-winning library," said Anne Pietsch, Head of Collections and Academic Engagement at the University of Roehampton. "Students and staff will connect with our collections through an intuitive and accessible interface wherever they prefer to work and study. We will be able to develop more evidence-based services, integrate further with key university business systems, and deliver efficiencies in our workflows."
"We are pleased to collaborate with OCLC in developing our library offer and we look forward to being part of an active community, sharing best practice and developments," said Pietsch.
The University of Roehampton initially consisted of four teaching colleges, the first one dating as far back as 1841. In 2004, Roehampton was granted independent university status after a four-and-a-half-year federation with the University of Surrey. They opened their new state-of-the-art library in 2017 with more than 350,000 books and 1,200 new study spaces.
"We are delighted that the University of Roehampton has joined the WMS community. It is great to see libraries working together to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide to increase their efficiency and access to collections," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC.
About the University of Roehampton
The University of Roehampton, London, is an established international higher-education institution providing a high-quality learning and research experience with the aim of developing personal growth and driving social change.
The University has a proud and distinguished history dating back to the 1840s and it was one of the first institutions in the UK to admit women to its colleges of higher education. This tradition of commitment to equality continues to be part of the ethos of the University, which has one of the most diverse and thriving communities of students in the UK; its 9,000-student body includes international students from over 141 countries.
Today, the University is renowned for its broad range of expertise across teacher training, business, social sciences, the arts and humanities, as well as human and life sciences, with world leading and internationally recognised research in these fields. More about the University of Roehampton is on the website www.roehampton.ac.uk.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.